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How Much Mercury is in Your Fish?

July 5, 2011

Fishing is peaceful, exciting, something you can do solo or with a group.  And you reap the benefits if you catch something worth eating!

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has a quick-tip guide that my man-friend gave to me.  Here is a summary of the mercury level information of commonly caught fish:

Low Mercury Levels:

Thank you Wesley D. for the photo!

  • Pumpkin-seed
  • Brown bullhead
  • Brook trout
  • Brown trout
  • Rainbow trout
  • Rainbow smelt
  • Landlocked salmon

Medium Mercury Level:

  • Yellow perch

High Mercury Level:

  • Lake trout
  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Northern pike
  • Chain pickerel
  • Walleye

Check out the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for more information, such as how often to eat each of these types of fish!

Interested in purchasing sustainable seafood in the Philadelphia area?  Check out Otolith Sustainable Seafood!

Read more about keeping your fish consumption at a safe level here.

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